Knight Moves

Lance heard the familiar tone and switched views to his inbox.

From: suddendeath
Sender: reaper@hotmail.com
To: destroyerofworlds

You call that a threat? I laugh at your puny attempt at intimidation.

Lance considered his options and hit reply.

From: destroyerofworlds
Sender: shapeshifter@yahoo.com
To: suddendeath

I suppose it’s comforting being oblivious to the danger that surrounds you.

He hit send and went back to his game. That it took several minutes for a response gave him great satisfaction.

From: suddendeath
Sender: reaper@hotmail.com
To: destroyerofworlds

Nice bluff, I must admit. However, you’ll have to try harder.

Being a cynic, Lance could only grin and shake his head. He waited a few minutes to reply. Let him anticipate.

From: destroyerofworlds
Sender: shapeshifter@yahoo.com
To: suddendeath

Oh come now, you should know by now that I never bluff. Why, I’ll bet you’re trembling as you read this.

From: suddendeath
Sender: reaper@hotmail.com
To: destroyerofworlds

Dude, I think you’re beginning to believe your own press.

Lance snorted in mid gulp and blew Red Bull out of his nose. He cursed a blue streak and wiped the keyboard with his sleeve. He considered his next move, made it and then typed his next message.

From: destroyerofworlds
Sender: shapeshifter@yahoo.com
To: suddendeath

Check it out amigo. Who’s sorry now? Ha ha ha.

The response was swift and altogether predicable.

From: suddendeath
Sender: reaper@hotmail.com
To: destroyerofworlds

Bravo. You’ve fallen for my deadly ploy. Prepare to lose all!

Lance studied the board until a dawning horror caused him to slam his fist down on the laptop. He got up and paced a bit then sat down, composed himself and typed.

From: destroyerofworlds
Sender: shapeshifter@yahoo.com
To: suddendeath

Meet me in thirty seconds.

He took a deep breath, counted to ten and walked into the living room. Alvin was waiting for him.

“’Sup dude?”

“Okay, I concede defeat, but you know what? I’m going to beat you one of these days. You’re not as good a Chess player as you think you are. And another thing, I like having you for a roommate and all, but this is just weird”

“That’s it? You brought me out of my room for that?”

“Why can’t we just play on a real board, you know, like face to face?”

Alvin stared at him as if he were from another planet.

“Get real dude. Back to your hidey hole, and bring your A game this time.”

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5 responses to “Knight Moves

  1. Monica McLaughlin

    Clever!

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